Increased community policing and financial accountability are two things incumbent Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards hopes to continue to build on if re-elected, he said in a news release formally announcing his candidacy.

Sheriff’s Office involvement in the community would remain a focus during a third term, Edwards said.

“It’s important for the community to see our deputies at various public events,” he said.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has passed four audits with no adjustments, exceptions or recommendations, Edwards, 43, said.

The Sheriff’s Office could receive certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, something the office has been working for years to earn, Edwards said.

The office underwent an intensive three-day on-site evaluation by CALEA assessors, Edwards said.

Edwards also pointed to his creation of the Internet Crimes Against Children unit in 2006.

To date, more than 160 people have been arrested for allegedly using the Internet to lure minors, Edwards said.

Edwards praised law enforcement programs such as Domestic Violence Awareness, Crime Victims Reparation, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, Rape Aggression Defense, Neighborhood Watch and others, which he said help sheriff’s deputies serve as a “force multiplier” against crime in the parish.

Edwards stressed his commitment to continuing the war on drugs.

“Drugs continue to be the number one source of all crime in our parish, from simple burglaries to armed robbery and murder,” he said.

Edwards, a Democrat, will face lawyer Arden Wells in the Oct. 22 primary election.